Sing Ireland National Singing Week, in association with Mental Health Ireland, took place from 7th to 13th October 2019.
National Singing Week reminds everyone that singing contributes to physical and mental health and well-being, and it encourages newcomers to experience group singing in their localities. To this end, and to mark World Mental Health Day, choral and group singing events took place nationwide over the seven days.
These events included open rehearsals, participatory workshops, pop-up performances, and concerts. The following are just some examples of the wonderful events that took place around the country!
In Limerick, 'A lunchtime concert of music for mental well-being' was held at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. In Dublin, there was an uplifting concert by the 'Raising Your Voice Choir', which comprises of mental health service users, family members and mental health staff. The Pram Jam Singers (a choir for adults where children are welcome too!) had an open rehearsal for all of the family. Galway Sings Project presented 'A Celebration of Choral Music' at St Nicholas Collegiate Church and, in Carlow, 'Sing Your Cares Away' was a participatory workshop to experience the health and well-being benefits of group singing. The fantastic Life Choir, and conductor, Jenny O’Connell, featured in a piece on the Sing Ireland National Singing Week on RTÉ News Six One.
Singing has also been found to be particularly beneficial to people living with Dementia, as it evokes emotions and brings memories and can manage stress and stimulate positive interactions. On 9th October, Nora Owen, previous Minister for Justice, visited the Six O’Clock Show on Virgin Media One to talk about how group singing has helped her husband Brian, who is living with dementia:
To watch the full interview with Nora Owen speaking about the impact singing has had on her life, and about Sing Ireland National Singing Week, you can watch online here: https://www.virginmediatelevis...